High School Athletics and Activities

Phase 2 Begins July 6, 2020

LPS will begin Phase 2 on Monday, July 6, 2020. The decision to move to Phase 2 is based upon continued guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the Colorado High School Activities Association and local, state and federal government agencies. All contact, including workouts, practices and meetings, must remain voluntary to students (CHSAA bylaws) and coaches/sponsors.

Return to In-Person High School Athletics & Activities with Students

June 2020
Littleton Public Schools is excited to return to a face-to-face environment between high school students and coaches/sponsors of athletics and activities. LPS will still adhere to state and local guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The return to in-person contact is set up in phases.  The transition from one phase to the next can only be accomplished by meeting guideline criteria. The decision to move from one phase to the next will be made by LPS with guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the Colorado High School Activities Association and local, state, and federal government agencies. All contact, including workouts, practices and meetings, must remain voluntary to students (CHSAA bylaws) and coaches/sponsors.

Phase I

LPS Phase 1: Outdoor OnlyBaseball equipment sitting on a base
Non-Physical Contact
Only Fall Sports/Activities will be allowed

  • All student contact will only be outdoors. No indoor student contact will be allowed.
  • Coaches/sponsors and students are the only individuals allowed to participate. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, no spectators will be allowed. 
  • Parents/guardians need to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-check with their students each day before they attend in-person activities. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or who are demonstrating symptoms should not come to workout/practices/meetings.
  • Masks are highly recommended, but not required.
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/meetings. No more than 25 students in the practice area (fields, open areas, etc.) at any time. Six foot spacing requirements must be met.
  • Workouts/practices/meetings will be only 60-90 minutes in length to begin with, and no more than 3 days per week.
  • All equipment must be sanitized before the next group enters the practice area. This is the responsibility of the coach/sponsor.
  • Good hygiene will be reinforced. Hand sanitizer will be available and required between any rotations.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • No equipment may be shared, i.e., volleyballs, basketballs, footballs, bats, etc. If a piece of equipment/instrument is issued by the coach, then that equipment must remain with the same student throughout the session and must be sanitized before and after use. Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Appropriate gloves for a particular sport should be used. Gloves should be sanitized after each session. Clothing should be washed and sanitized after each workout is completed.
  • No common area usage.
  • This phase should be considered strictly for individual conditioning and skill work. No team drills due to spacing requirements.

Phase 2

Aerial image of singles tennis match

LPS Phase 2: Group Workouts/Practices/Meetings
All Sports and Activities
Non-Physical Contact
(Indoor and Outdoor Student Contact Allowed)

  • Both indoor and outdoor in-person workouts/practices/meetings allowed. 
  • Coaches/sponsors and students are the only individuals allowed to participate. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, no spectators will be allowed. 
  • A maximum of 10 students will be allowed in any indoor area, i.e., gymnasium, weight room, etc. Six foot spacing requirements must be met.
  • If possible, groups meeting indoors will enter and leave through separate doors.
  • No more than 25 students in the outdoor practice area (fields, open areas, etc.) at any time. Six foot spacing requirements must be met.
  • Parents/guardians need to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-check with their students each day before they attend in-person activities. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or who are demonstrating symptoms should not come to practice.
  • Workouts/practices/meetings will be 60-90 minutes in length, up to 5 days per week.
  • Face masks may be worn, but are not required due to physical activity. Appropriate sport gloves and hand protection should be utilized.
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/meetings.
  • Increase in the number of participants allowed will follow state and local recommendations. 
  • Published spacing requirements must be met. Indoor drill work should be done in smaller groups of 5-10 spread throughout the practice area.
  • If requirements allow, small group, team instruction permitted, i.e., dummy offense and defense (basketball 5-on-0; football position work; softball/baseball infield work, etc.). A sport such as tennis could allow singles practice competition. Each player uses their own tennis balls while serving (tennis centers already utilizing this tactic).
  • Other lower risk (contact) activities like swimming, golf, weightlifting, baseball, softball, choir and gymnastics may resume.
  • No sharing of workout clothing, i.e., practice vests, helmet covers, etc.
  • Equipment will be sanitized before, during and after workouts. This is the responsibility of the coach/sponsor.
  • No common area usage.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • Clothing and personal equipment should be cleaned and sanitized following each workout.

Students and coaches should continue practicing good hygiene and stay home if feeling ill. Use of hand sanitizers and washing of hands frequently should be ongoing, as well as cleaning and sanitizing of equipment.

Phase 3

LPS Phase 3: Moderate Risk SportsGirl looking to pass basketball in a game

  • Moderate risk sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, ice hockey, girls lacrosse and 7-on-7 football may resume.
  • Parents/guardians need to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-check with their students each day before they attend in-person activities. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or who are demonstrating symptoms should not come to practice.
  • Increased number of participants, 25-40. Drill work should continue to be in small groups of 5-10 spread throughout the gym. When not directly participating, efforts should be taken to keep distance of 3-6 feet.
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/meetings.
  • Equipment must be cleaned and sanitized before, during and after workouts. This is the responsibility of the coach/sponsor.
  • No common area usage.
  • No sharing of workout clothing, i.e., practice vests, helmet covers, etc.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • Clothing and personal equipment should be cleaned and sanitized following each workout.

Phase 4

 LPS Phase 4: High Risk Sportsfeet in sneakers at a track start

  • Parents/guardians need to complete a COVID-19 symptom self-check with their students each day before they attend in-person activities until local officials deem unnecessary. Students with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or who are demonstrating symptoms should not come to practice.
  • Return to normal workout and numbers. 
  • Coaches/sponsors will maintain attendance records for each day of workouts/practices/meetings.
  • High risk sports such as football, boys lacrosse, competitive cheer and dance, and wrestling may resume unless prior permission has been established.
  • Common area usage allowed only if cleaning and sanitization occurs after use.
  • Students bring their own water bottles.
  • Clothing and personal equipment should be cleaned and sanitized following each workout.

Students and coaches should continue practicing good hygiene and stay home if feeling ill. Use of hand sanitizers and washing of hands frequently should be ongoing, as well as cleaning and sanitizing of equipment.